Zhané Warren

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Zhané Warren (born in 1976 in Johannesburg) studied Fine Art at Stellenbosch University and, in 2006, achieved a master’s degree in Technology of Fine Art from the University of Johannesburg. She was awarded a scholarship and attended the Karel de Grote University of Applied Sciences and Arts in Antwerp, Belgium. Warren remained in Belgium for five years, working alongside renowned artists and printmakers. 2007, she returned to South Africa as a recognised master printer and founded Warren Editions.

As a visual and performance artist, Warren has staged numerous performances and exhibitions in Belgium, Scotland, and South Africa. Her solo exhibitions include Live with Me (KZN Gallery, Durban, 2007), Recurrence (Art on Paper, Johannesburg, 2006), and In Between Here and There (with Robert van Dromme at Contemporary Wei, Antwerp, Belgium). Her work is represented in various South Africa, Belgium, and the USA collections. In 2019, she visited the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University, USA, for an Artist’s Residency.

Warren is the master printer and founder of Warren Editions, a Cape Town-based printmaking studio. She is a respected printer, fine art publishing authority, and passionate educator. Her expertise has significantly impacted South African printmaking. As she has trained many printers, some have become skilled printers – running their studios or working in professional printmaking studios. She has introduced technical improvements that studios, printers, and printmaking departments in South Africa have adopted. She continues to inspire the next generation of printmakers.

Apart from collaborating with artists to make prints, she creates her own prints in photogravure and etching.

 Photogravure (invented in the 1850s), a highly technical process, is both an intaglio and photomechanical technique, combining photography details with densely pigmented intaglio inks. Using pigmented inks and acid-free woven paper makes photogravure the most archival print technique.

For photogravure, a continuous tone positive is exposed to light-sensitive pigmented gelatin tissue bonded to a rosin-coated copperplate. An aquatint is critical to this tone-based technique.  After the gelatin is developed, the copperplate, with the image containing gelatin, is etched in baths of ferric chloride of different strengths. The etching commences with the extreme darks, moving through the tones to the lightest tone – pulling the etched copperplate from the ferric chloride once the bite reaches the extreme highlights. The technique accomplishes a full range of tones and attests to a high-quality fine art print.

She lives near Kommetjie with her life partner and two daughters.

 

Zhané Warren
Beaufort West Sanguine I
2023
Photogravure on Zerkall Litho 300gsm
Edition of 5
Paper dimensions: 34 x 44 cm
Impression dimensions: 19 x 28,5 cm

Price R5000 (excl. VAT) | Email to Purchase

 

Zhané Warren
Beaufort West Sanguine II
2023
Photogravure on Zerkall Litho 300gsm
Edition of 5
Paper dimensions: 34 x 44 cm
Impression dimensions: 19 x 28,5 cm

Price R5000 (excl. VAT) | Email to Purchase

 

Zhané Warren
The tennis court
2020
Photogravure on Zerkall Litho 401
Edition of 10
Paper dimensions: 51 x 48 cm
Impression dimensions: 28,5 x 27,8 cm

Price R3000 (excl. VAT) | Email to Purchase